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Peyton Hillis: No pressure in Kansas City this year

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Even if you don’t believe in the Madden Curse, Peyton Hillis was under a lot of pressure in Cleveland last year. After a breakout season in 2010, Hillis was expected to be the workhorse back in new Browns coach Pat Shurmur’s offense, and everyone was expecting big things from him.

The pressure got to Hillis during a major disappointment of a 2011 season, and now that Hillis is in Kansas City, he says one of the things he feels best about is that there’s not a lot of pressure on him with the Chiefs.

“Whenever you’re having a down year it’s always tough, especially when you expect a lot from yourself,” Hillis said on NFL Network. “Bad things happen, but you move on from it. That’s what I’m taking for my mindset is this year: Do the best I can and help this team win. I’m mostly enjoying coming out here, having no pressure and coming out to just play.”

In Kansas City Hillis will share playing time with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster and won’t be counted on to carry the load the way the Browns wanted him to, and that may be the role he’s best suited for: Hillis had a great season in 2010, but in 2011 he didn’t look like he was prepared for the pressure of being the go-to guy. In Kansas City, he’s not.

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31 Responses to “Peyton Hillis: No pressure in Kansas City this year”
  1. ezmoover says: May 2, 2012 10:27 AM

    James Bond can kill evil mad men that wanted to destroy the world. And he’d still get the hotty at the end; shaken not stirred.

    Now that’s some cool pressure!

  2. donterrelli says: May 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    What about Thomas Jones?

  3. jenniferxxx says: May 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    What a mess he made last year. Probably cost himself millions.

  4. joetoronto says: May 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    I’m mostly enjoying coming out here, having no pressure and coming out to just play.”

    “They haven’t won here in so long, they can’t remember what it’s like anyway.”

  5. justwinbaby75 says: May 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    Funny…”no pressure to perform”? Since when has there ever been pressure to perform in KC?

  6. jackblackshairyback says: May 2, 2012 10:40 AM

    He can’t handle being the feature back, but wanted Chris Johnson money. That’s not quite how it works.

  7. 3yardsndust says: May 2, 2012 10:48 AM

    Seems like a head case, no?

  8. kilo0986 says: May 2, 2012 10:51 AM

    A down year? You only had one good year.

  9. jbl429 says: May 2, 2012 10:52 AM

    Sounds like the character of a great athlete (sarcasm). He likes it when there’s not a lot of pressure to perform? Glad he’s not on my fav. team.

  10. geezohman says: May 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    any player that ‘escapes’ Cleveland needs to be thankful…

    come on man… I lost count of the starting QBs since 1999, got to be a record… 16 or 17 now with Weeden.

    its a rotating door there… even with coaches..

    Belichick moves on… and the KC coach…

    Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye Brady Quinn, Jeff Garcia .. even Jake Delhomme ring a bell? Hello?

    The Browns mission statement is .. sell the most QB jerseys…

    Me.. I just cross out another name on my Tim Couch jersey

  11. wtfpft says: May 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    Set the Over/under on fumbles between him mccluster and charles at 18, I’ll take the over.

  12. skinswiz21 says: May 2, 2012 10:54 AM

    There shouldn’t be any pressure — he’s not the starter. JC is gonna be the beast he was two years ago!

    BTW: Thomas Jones is a FA.

  13. yelix says: May 2, 2012 11:00 AM

    @joetoronto

    Yeah, not like they would’ve won the AFC West for the second year in a row if they hadn’t had two field goals blocked or anything.

    Also, it’s not like they showed the rest of the league how to beat the Packers, either.

  14. elmaxoh says: May 2, 2012 11:01 AM

    Isn’t Dexter McCluster a WR ?

  15. 2wo22 says: May 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    @joetoronto

    Funny, last season they were 1 year removed from being AFC West Champions. And they were 1 win away from winning it again (let alone with all the injuries they had).

    You could hate all you want, but this Chiefs team is serious and already looks better and much different from the ’11 team.

    Returning:

    Berry (> McGraw)
    Moeaki (> Pope)
    Charles (> Battle)
    Cassel (> Palko)

    Free Agents:

    Winston (> Richardson)
    Routt (= Carr)
    Hillis (> Thomas Jones)
    Boss (> Pope)

    And we have this new rookie class coming in… Yeah, we’ll see how long it’ll take for them to win.

  16. Benjamin D. Peters says: May 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    @elmaxoh
    Dexter is a running back, but the best way to put it is that he is an “offensive weapon”. They tried him as strictly a WR, but it didn’t really pan out. He’ll occasionally line up in the slot now, but most of his work is done in the backfield, as a 3DRB, similar to how Darren Sproles is used.

  17. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: May 2, 2012 11:23 AM

    One good season thanks to the Browns giving him the opportunity. He gets major accolades including the Madden cover and turns into a diva wanting a big fat contract comparable to the best rb’s in the league. Comes to camp unprepared and sits out an early/important game because he’s got a cold. Basically bought his own ticket out of town and now he’s singing this tune, give me a break Hillis. I’m pretty sure T-Rich will eliminate any and all memories of you by the end of his first practice.

  18. warrenmoon says: May 2, 2012 11:26 AM

    Who is gunna play quarterback?

  19. l0yalr0yal says: May 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    Dexter McCluster is listed and was drafted as a wideout. However, he was used in a circa 2006 Reggie Bush role— got some carries, some reverses, and lined up in the slot. He’s just one of those playmakers that a team tries to get as many touches as possible.

  20. ticklemepickle77 says: May 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    This guy had the whole makeup for a fan favorite, even of other teams fans. How do u mess that up so badly?

  21. pturner81 says: May 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    Great players want All the pressure and strive to be the go to guy. Hillis is not a great player.

  22. joemammy says: May 2, 2012 11:45 AM

    Cleveland thanks you, KC, for making Trent Richardson necessary.

  23. hedleykow says: May 2, 2012 11:48 AM

    I see an element of confusion for opposing teams when the Chiefs are in the red zone.

    “Surely they’re not going to give the ball to Hillis now!”

    He could wind up with 48 TD’s this year.

  24. jjackwagon says: May 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    “They haven’t won here in so long, they can’t remember what it’s like anyway.”

    Except that 28-zip beatdown in the black stool that they put on your beloved raiders. Classic!!

  25. bensstinkyfingers says: May 2, 2012 12:33 PM

    Hillis is a good dude, just too much of a backwoods hillbilly to handle any fame like last year. I’m sure he’ll bounce back and put up solid #’s this year for K.C. Worked out good for the Browns though since T-Rich will be a nice upgrade for more years to come. Go Browns!

  26. pftcensorssuck says: May 2, 2012 12:40 PM

    Yeah, I always want my running back – or any other players – to feel “no pressure”. Sure. Not like you actually need to “perform” to your contract or anything, right?

    Peyton “Just Another Paycheck” Hillis, at your service.

  27. granadafan says: May 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    Peyton and Osi: the biggest divas in the league.

  28. jbaxt says: May 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    The Chiefs at least improved their team this offseason and draft. The poor lowly faiders have solidified themselves in the cellar favorites for at least 2 years. The best part is Denver got the best QB ever as a FA. Chokeland gave a 1st and 2nd for their 2nd best QB on their roster. Al cracks me up.

  29. thacloser86 says: May 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    He’s going to retire in 2years word around the league

  30. sullijo1 says: May 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    Now we know the REAL STORY of why he went to KC on a 1 year deal….no pressure to win

  31. jluns275 says: May 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    Running back by committee is now the way to go in Today’s NFL.
    What good is having a beast like Trent Richardson, Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden, or even Jamaal Charles if there’s noone to pick up the slack after a season ending injury to the premier back? Other than Richardson, the teams of all the above listed backs faltered greatly after the big injuries.
    If nothing else, Hillis will nicely replace Thomas Jones, who is a free agent ready to retire.

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